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Art exhibitions that appeal to kids

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Album1 Thu 07-Apr-11 11:21:43

I'm a London based gran and my grandchildren are coming to stay from Yorkshire for a week over the Easter hols. My nine year-old grandson loves art and I wanted to take them to an exhibition, but not a boring one that would put them off for life. Anyone got any ideas?

Supernan Sun 08-May-11 16:33:48

I have only just joined, so this idea is a bit late for Easter, but maybe for the next visit. My sister is an art teacher & suggested this idea.

Choose your gallery. Do a bit of homework yourself & choose 3 very different paintings.

I did the London National Gallery, the three paintings I chose were:
Paolo Uccello: 'The Battle of San Romano'
Hans Holbein: The Ambassador
and the Wilton Triptych

You can really look at the paintings in detail & it's amazing how much you see when you do this rather than just wander from room to room. A concentrated visit like this hopefully will make the visit & the paintings memorable.

Hope this helps.

DHPhoto Wed 18-May-11 16:59:26

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Artlover Mon 30-Jul-12 15:33:21

Just seen your idea - brilliant!

vampirequeen Mon 30-Jul-12 15:45:30

I took our children (4 and 6) to the Hockney Gallery in Saltaire. I told them that as we looked around we each had to choose one painting that was our favourite then in turn we would show our favourite and explain why we liked it so much.

The children were so into it. Both chose and explained why they liked it.

Last week we went into the Ashley Jackson gallery in Holmfirth. To our surprise and pleasure the children each picked their favourite and explained why they liked it. The lady running the gallery changed her attitude from...'oh my God they've brought children in,' to 'how wonderful to see children taking an interest in art.'

goldengirl Mon 30-Jul-12 18:58:13

We took our daughter when she was very young, possibly 4 / 5 to the Tate [Modern - but it wasn't separate then] and she loved all the bright colours and shapes. A 9 year old who enjoys art would certainly have fun choosing a favourite.

vampirequeen Tue 31-Jul-12 10:21:30

I used to take my girls to the local art gallery with cheap drawing pads and crayons (poundshop specials lol). They spent hours drawing the pictures they liked or bits of pictures they liked. The staff got to know them and would tell them/show them interesting things such as the most valuable or the smallest painting in the gallery. Even now at 24 and 28 they talk about how much fun it was and plan to do the same when their children are older.

Butternut Tue 31-Jul-12 10:26:49

If my grandchildren lived close enough, vampire - I'd pinch your idea. Brilliant.

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vampirequeen Thu 16-Aug-12 13:43:47

I've just read my posts and realised that they don't actually make sense unless I explain that I'm onto my second family. My girls are now 28 and 24 but my wonderful step children are 4 and 6 smile

GadaboutGran Thu 30-Aug-12 21:59:43

Mr Brainwash Street Art Exhibition, Old Sorting Office, New Oxford St, London until 7th Sept: We (me, daughter & her 4 & 2 yr olds) all went to this yesterday. It was funky & punky and appealed to all of us in different ways. GD loved the pictures of the Queen (she feels she knows them after this summer's exposure but thought the anarchic elements were just fun!). GS loved the gorilla made of tyres & the free gift of a canister painted with a Union Jack. I just loved the funky, punkiness of it all. Daughter loved the free posters.
The kids also went to a holiday event at the national Gallery where they sat in front of a painting and it cam eto life with people dressed up like in the picture. Then they made boxes covered in shells (as in the painting). Lots of galleries have similar events - I saw kids having great fun making sculptures in Hepworth Wakefield & Turner, Margate.

absentgrana Thu 30-Aug-12 22:53:37

I think Dulwich is very accessible to children.